A story published by SaultOnline.com Tuesday morning has certainly caught the attention of thousands of readers including the management of Campbell Amusements.
Stewart Bell, Manager of Campbell Amusements tells SaultOnline.com that the photos of two men that appear to be drinking on Carnival grounds are not associated with the carnival. Stewart admits that the photograph could lead to the assumption that “carnival workers” are drinking, however Bell assures that the Amusement company has strict polices in place for all of their employees regarding activities such as drinking.
“All employees of the carnival wear a uniform, a blue t-shirt with the logo, if they don’t have it on – they are not associated with the Campbell Amusements” Bell said. The men in the photograph taken by a facebook user appears to be part of the midway that is on-going at the Pee Wee arena, Bell claims the men are with another outfit that are staying at a near by hotel and were sitting in the parking lot of the hotel.
When the incident was brought to his attention, Bell said they were in the process of suggesting to the men in question to be a little more ” discreet ”
Bell says he does not condone drinking out in the public eye and would enforce the company’s policy to their employees, some, Bell said have been with the carnival for decades.
Bell said the carnival attracts thousands in every city it travels to and sometimes there can be misunderstanding from the public who assume “questionable activities” by carnival staff but Bell stresses this was simply a mistake by the original poster.
The annual Pee Wee Midway is in town, a normal draw for families and kids over the long Victoria Day holiday, but one patron of the carnival was “appalled” at she witnessed.
A posting on the social media site, Facebook shows photos of carnival workers drinking heavily in the parking lot at the fair grounds.
“Am I the only one who thinks this is wrong?!!!
I don’t give a sh–t if they aren’t operating rides at the moment…the guys that work the fair should not be getting drunk in the parking lot of the hotel (behind the fair)!!” complained the patron who made the post.
The post was brought to the attention of SaultOnline.com.
“If the fair wasn’t in town, this would be considered “intoxicated in a public place”!! So what makes it ok because the fair is here??? The fact that there are a bunch of kids around?!”
The concerned poster reports she watched for about 20 minutes and witnessed the worker drinking 4 cans and cracked open a fifth in that short of time, she says she reported it and the manager responded “they aren’t working today”
What do you think? Should carnival workers be drinking while off duty at the fair site?
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The carnival runs daily until Sunday.